A comparison of dietary intake between adult and veteran endurance athletes

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Title A comparison of dietary intake between adult and veteran endurance athletes
Author Fell, Jamie William; Harrison, Glenn; Haseler, Luke Jonathon
Journal Name Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
Abstract This study compares the nutrient intake of young and veteran endurance athletes (veteran: >35 years). The purpose of the dietary analysis was to establish if any different nutritional practices were evident in older athletes. Three-day diet record data from 13 young (24.0 ± 4.8 years) and 16 veteran (43.8 ± 5.0 years) athletes were collected and compared for differences in nutrient intake and against accepted dietary guidelines. Diet records were analysed by a qualified dietitian using the dietary analysis software Food Works (Xyris Software, Highgate Hill, Australia). Physical activity levels were assessed using the Baecke physical activity questionnaire. Energy expenditure was also estimated using the equations of Schofield and Harris-Benedict. The results indicated that there were no significant differences between young and veteran athletes for overall energy intake. (12979  3270 kJ vs 14234  4485 kJ respectively). However, the veteran athletes had a significantly higher percentage of daily energy intake from fat than the young athletes (355 vs. 296 g.day-1; p<0.05). The mean dietary intake of carbohydrate for both age groups was substantially lower than the Australian Institute of Sport guidelines for endurance athletes. In conclusion, there were slight differences in fat intake between young and veteran endurance athletes plus both age groups may benefit by increasing daily carbohydrate intake.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.strengthandconditioning.org/journals.aspx
Volume 18
Issue Number 4
Page from 3
Page to 10
ISSN 1835-7644
Date Accessioned 2011-01-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Heart Foundation Research Centre
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical and Sports Nutrition; Exercise Physiology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35671
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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